A non-profit organisation, Teach For Nigeria, has partnered with Dow, a global materials science leader, to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in Nigeria.
Teach For Nigeria is focused on developing a movement of leaders committed to improving the quality of education for Nigeria’s most marginalised children.
Through the partnership, Dow will collaborate with Teach for Nigeria to sponsor STEM teacher recruitment, professional development and placement in underserved Lagos schools.
Nine Teach for Nigeria fellows, nine schools and at least 3,600 students in Lagos will be directly impacted by the project.
The project is aimed at equipping and inspiring a ready workforce by preparing the next generation of disruptors and cultivating a mindset that fosters innovation.
Commenting on the partnership, the Chief Executive Officer, Teach For Nigeria, Folawe Omikunle, commended Dow for joining the national effort for educational and social equity.
The partnership, he said, will give the students a chance to learn the STEM skills they will need to solve the challenges of the future, as well as improve their daily lives.
Also, the Country Manager of Dow, Adebisi Adeoti, explained that one of the goals of the partnership is to develop students into leaders who are creative, collaborative and inclusive, as well as equipped for future STEM employment.
“To be successful, we have to start with the teaching community by providing the right training, tools and resources,” he said.
Usie also said 80,000 primary and secondary school pupils benefited from improved access to quality education.
“More than 13,000 children and youth who had lost some years of learning benefited from accelerated learning, while 12,000 young people benefited from life-skills training and 3,010 received employability and business training,” he said.